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Peace

Introduction

If there is anything more pervasive in the history of mankind, it is its inability to attain lasting peace. Therefore, one of the most remarkable human achievements was the Pax Romana, two hundreds years of peace, for never before and never since was a huge part of the world at peace, which was won and kept at the point of a bloody sword that not only subjugated people but also destroyed fundamental rights, as well. Aside from this anomaly, war is the condition of the people of the planet Earth. Why is this so? And how did it happen?

War Comes from Opposing God

God created the world by His Will and Laws, and it was good, very good. Soon after He formed man and woman, Satan appeared and deceived the woman, and she, along with Adam, disobeyed God’s command. And, thereby, they made Satan, and its worldly ways, their spiritual ruler and guide. The continuous breaking of God’s Laws brought nothing but evil upon the Earth. People chose disobedience resulting in war instead of peace.

Disobedience to God probably can be characterized by extreme selfishness or self-determination. People would rather do anything but accede to God and His Way. No matter how unhappy their lives may become, they will not obey God’s Laws of love. Since God is the source of peace, they will never have it. Yes, a few people, from time to time, have a special something about them that acknowledges God and believes what He says, but most do not.

Like it or not, the Earth is God’s, which He allows us to use for a small rent, called a tithe. If we choose to continue to have all the privileges and perks that go with renting from Him, He will bless us, as the Bible says. We might say that we get all manner of special favors for following His Rules. But, if we refuse to pay Him rent or follow His rules, we become His enemy and suffer all the consequences.

Psa. 140:2 Who devise evil things in their hearts;
They continually stir up wars.

James 4:1 ¶ What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?
James 4:2 You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.
James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
James 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

God of Peace

The natural order of the universe is peace unless warmongers intervene. The reason for the peaceful universe comes from the God of peace who created the universe. People’s war is not with other nations, neighbors or family, but with God. By following Satan’s way, people must be hostile to God. When people renounce the world’s way, that is, the way of Hollywood, television, sports figures, and junk psychology, then the God of peace sends His Holy Spirit into them and they become at one and at peace with Our Father in Heaven. Inner peace is followed by external peace because God is with believers and no one of any consequence would be against them.

Of course, trials occur in all lives because them to develop and grow, and believers need them to perfect and hone their spiritual skills. Like any endeavor, training is needed to gain competence, and severe training to gain excellence. Therefore, God gives believers what they need to develop proper peaceful relations with Him and their neighbors. And James considers trials “all joy” for the good it does.

James 1:2 ¶ Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
James 1:3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
James 1:4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

1Th. 5:13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.

Gospel of Peace

Education is always a part of a person’s training, and people get their education from the Gospel. Jesus teaches people about all things necessary for life and life more abundantly. He salts his teaching with parables and demonstrates God’s Way by his example. Jesus, as well, confirmed God’s love by dying, in the place of sinners, for their sins. Paul calls this great body of knowledge the “gospel of peace.” And since we need to walk by the godly advice in the Gospel, he wants people to be shod with the Gospel.

Eph. 6:15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;
Is. 52:7 ¶ How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Spirit of Peace

It cannot be said enough, true peace comes only when a person loves and obeys Our Father in Heaven. When this happens a person has an attitude of peace, but more so, God gives believers an actual Spirit of peace through which a believer maintains continual contact with Him. Of course, a believer must constantly consider God’s Law and his relation with Him. He must put to death all those thoughts that oppose God’s way. When he does this, he begins from that moment on to enter eternal life, filled with peace and joy from God’s gift of the Spirit.

Rom. 8:6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,

James 3:14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.

Rom. 8:10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
Rom. 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Rom. 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Peace through Jesus

Sinning is an act of war against God. When God conquered sin through Jesus, He brought victory and peace onto Earth. God had decreed that disobedience to Him would bring death. But, while God is just, He is also merciful. He satisfied both longings when His only begotten son, who never sinned, took on all mankind’s sins and died for all people — past, present and future — in their stead. Thus God allowed His Son to die for us to satisfy justice and bring about mercy at the same time. So Jesus brought peace into the world.

Eph. 2:15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace,

Col. 2:14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

When the few believers accept Jesus as the Messiah and, of course, follow him and obey God, Jesus becomes their Lord, their advocate before Our Father in Heaven, their big brother, and their special friend. Jesus leads believers by his example on Earth and intervenes in their lives until they reach the maturity and wisdom Our Father in Heaven would be proud of. With Jesus’ help, believers gain an inner peace that no person or event can take away — a most precious relationship and gift.

Gal. 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
Gal. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Col. 3:11 a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

Eph. 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

But, Jesus Came to Bring Sword, Why?

Matt. 10:34 ¶ “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

If Jesus is the Prince of Peace, why did he say he came to bring a sword: children against parents and husband against wife. Actually, he was stating a fact that those who become Christians will be hated by those who are not Christians, so there will be a kind of warfare going on, not unlike the warfare people wage against God because they refuse to submit to Laws on His planet — these people are in complete insurrection against the Landlord of planet Earth.

But more importantly, Jesus will wage war against all those who abuse His Father’s land by theft (not paying rent or tithe), and disregarding His Rules. You see, peace can only come when the cause of war is destroyed. When Jesus, with His highly trained army of angels, returns to Earth as the warrior King, He will bring all nations and governments to their knees in abject surrender. By completely destroying the governments and culture, he can reintroduce God’s Ways to the people of Earth. Then and only then can peace reign on Earth. There are many examples in history of peace coming by the sword: the Roman Empire, America in Japan and Europe, and the destruction of Communism by the power of America’s resolve. But, beyond what any nation has done on Earth, Jesus will utterly conquer Earth.

Rev. 6:2 I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
Rev. 19:19 ¶ And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.
Rev. 19:20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.
Rev. 19:21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.

Peace on Earth

After Jesus conquers the nations of the Earth, peace will reign for a thousand years. God gave people six thousand years to let them choose Him as their God and King or Satan, and all bet a tiny few chose Satan. But Kingdom of God, a seven thousand year span, belongs to Our Father in Heaven and those whom He chooses to be in His Kingdom. Earthlings labored for a false god for six thousand years, soon God will give the Earth a Sabbath rest and peace for the seventh thousand years.

Jesus will rule as King and High Priest, and as such, will enforce the Laws Our Father in Heaven instituted for people’s good. Always giving people a choice, God rewarded the righteous with the blessings of eternal life and His enemies with destruction, so the Earth could dwell in peace without their antagonisms and deceptions. Thus, God’s great plan, exemplified by the weekly Sabbath, will come to fruition: He will have a Family of those who lived by the fact that they were created in His image, in the image of God they were created.

Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
Luke 19:38 shouting:
“BLESSED IS THE KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD;
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Heb. 4:9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.
Heb. 4:10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.
Heb. 4:11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.

Complete Peace in the Kingdom of God

There will be no war! There will be no disasters! There will be no enemies! There will be law and order! There will be peace! Any criminals that might be left after Jesus conquers Earth will be executed or made to repay what they have stolen or taken away. Zero tolerance will exist, not for drinking and driving, but for any law-breakers, locally or internationally. All nations will coexist with one another without any hint of hostility. All forms of terrorism will be a distant memory or something to read about in history books, but none existent in the Kingdom of God. All diseases will be gone, and the few who refuse to obey God’s Laws will die, but others who survived the ultimate holocaust and found it in their hearts to become believers will be changed into immortals resembling God and Jesus. Even the animals will be changed so that even the predators will behave like peaceful cattle.

This is the future: eternal life with glorious peace, or death.

Is. 11:6 ¶ And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little boy will lead them.
Is. 65:25 “The wolf and the lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox; and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain,” says the LORD.

Is. 65:25 “The wolf and the lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox; and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain,” says the LORD.

Prayer of Peace (peace offering)

Let the words of the Bible perfectly describe life in the Kingdom of God.

Rev. 21:10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
Rev. 21:11 having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.
Rev. 21:12 It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.
Rev. 21:13 There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west.
Rev. 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Rev. 21:15 ¶ The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall.
Rev. 21:16 The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal.
Rev. 21:17 And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements.
Rev. 21:18 The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.
Rev. 21:19 The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;
Rev. 21:20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.
Rev. 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
Rev. 21:22 ¶ I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
Rev. 21:23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
Rev. 21:24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.
Rev. 21:25 In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed;
Rev. 21:26 and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it;
Rev. 21:27 and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Rev. 22:1 ¶ Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,
Rev. 22:2 in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

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